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# Martha Graham

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12 Jul 2004, 16:23
An artistic presence of the first order, one frequently ranked with Picasso, Stravinsky, and James Joyce, Martha Graham was acclaimed as a great dancer long before her innovative masterworks made her the most honored of American choreographers.
(A) Martha Graham was acclaimed as
(B) Martha Graham was acclaimed to be
(C) Martha Grahamâ€™s acclaim is as
(D) Martha Grahamâ€™s acclaim to be
(E) Martha Grahamâ€™s acclaim was in being

What is the correct idiom to use.

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12 Jul 2004, 19:41
My choice D. Idiom usage .. Acclaim to be.
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12 Jul 2004, 20:08
Agree with D. We also need a noun here because it is "the acclaim... that made her..."
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12 Jul 2004, 20:44
30 s and B. Idiom + the main clause here is "Martha Graham was acclaimed to be".
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12 Jul 2004, 21:09
bigtooth, you are right. I revert back to B after reading the sentence again. You are "acclaimed to be X" is the meaning of the sentence. I got to keep a sharp eye open. This is it for tonight, I need some rest.
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12 Jul 2004, 23:03
Paul wrote:
bigtooth, you are right. I revert back to B after reading the sentence again. You are "acclaimed to be X" is the meaning of the sentence. I got to keep a sharp eye open. This is it for tonight, I need some rest.

Actually, you're acclaimed AS blah-blah-blah.

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13 Jul 2004, 01:57
vote for A as well--the initial sentence does seem OK as is
possessive options are ruled out, for Picasso, Stravinsky, and James Joyce are used as personal names. Therefore, Martha Graham should be used as a personal name too. Between A and B, A seems to be the best.

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13 Jul 2004, 02:17
Auuummmm, yeah the correct ans is A. "Acclaim as"
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13 Jul 2004, 04:25
singh_satya wrote:
An artistic presence of the first order, one frequently ranked with Picasso, Stravinsky, and James Joyce, Martha Graham was acclaimed as a great dancer long before her innovative masterworks made her the most honored of American choreographers.

(A) Martha Graham was acclaimed as
(B) Martha Graham was acclaimed to be
(C) Martha Grahamâ€™s acclaim is as
(D) Martha Grahamâ€™s acclaim to be
(E) Martha Grahamâ€™s acclaim was in being

My answe is A.

'to acclaim as' and 'to be acclaimed as' are the correct idioms here - also refer to the link below

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define. ... &dict=CALD
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13 Jul 2004, 05:08
Good to know about the correct idiom, Though I also chose (B) initially.

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13 Jul 2004, 05:13
Thank you Smashing
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09 Oct 2006, 20:36
This is another good SC to bump up to the front page of the VERBAL forum. "Acclaim as", not "Acclaim to"

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09 Oct 2006, 22:42
From Cambridge:

acclaim
verb [T often passive]
to give public approval and praise:
She was universally/widely/publicly acclaimed for her contribution to the discovery.
She is being acclaimed (= publicly recognized) as the greatest dancer of her generation.

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06 Nov 2006, 15:17
GMATT73 wrote:
From Cambridge:

acclaim
verb [T often passive]
to give public approval and praise:
She was universally/widely/publicly acclaimed for her contribution to the discovery.
She is being acclaimed (= publicly recognized) as the greatest dancer of her generation.

I think people might think "acclaim to be" b/c it sounds so much like "claim to be"

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06 Nov 2006, 15:42
"acclaimed as" seems better than "acclaim to be", especially with the "a great dancer" that follows. I'll go with A.

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06 Nov 2006, 22:37
Got it. Acclaim as is the proper idiom.

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06 Nov 2006, 23:03
I was almost taken aback seeing Paul go for D!

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